It's the end of the Packers' world as we know it?
Colleen Brenton, Packers contributor
Vince Young.Photo: Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
GREEN BAY - Attending my first preseason game at Lambeau was a thrill, no doubt about it. I'd only been to one preseason game before, but it was in Seattle. Nice place, but not the Frozen Tundra.
Based on the reaction I saw to the game vs. the Cardinals, there seems to be some with the train of thought that the Packers will lose most, if not all, of their games this season.
It's no secret that Packer Nation takes their football seriously. Sometimes we take things a little too seriously, like the results of a preseason game. But it's not the end of the world to lose a preseason game.
I've been at this football fandom thing long enough to know that preseason is not about the final score, it's about seeing the potential for the remainder of the season, who can best contribute to the team's success over the course of the season, and identifying flaws in concept and preparing to fix them.
That's what the Packers were doing last night, therefore it's not the end of the world that the score was not in the Packers' favor.
Let's examine the game more closely. Aaron Rodgers played very, very briefly, but seemed on point.
Graham Harrell played the majority of the game, not well, sadly, but this is what preseason is for. The coaches were getting a very good look at Harrell, which may not benefit him in the long run, but will benefit the Packers.
Vince Young was rusty, as would be expected, and not impressive. That may alter over the course of the next three game, of course.
B.J. Coleman played for all of, I think, two minutes. This suggests to me not that the Packers have given up on him, but perhaps that they have decided he needs another year of development on the practice squad.
On the offensive line, David Bahktiari was impressive. We can only hope that he continues to show such promise and build on his skills, taking on the most important job an offensive lineman can have, protecting the blind side for a MVP level quarterback.
On the other hand, Marshall Newhouse struggled. Newhouse has a great attitude and work ethic, but somehow he and James Campen have to find the key to where his issues lie and fix them, quickly, so that who the Packers have at second string quarterback doesn't prove to be an issue of huge importance.
Otherwise offensively, Ty Walker stood out from the crowd, especially as a UFA. Five receptions for 41 yards and one of those a 22 yarder was good to see. With the wide receivers starting to already look a little wounded, having extra depth as always will be important.
The defense, as the score would show, got pushed around a lot, but again, the first string defense did not play all that long.
With the exception of one doubtful PI call, David Fulton looked really good.
Of course, I am rooting for Johnny Jolly and will be watching him closely. For three years out of football, Jolly looked pretty good. He's going to have to work hard to return to a level where the team will keep him, but I was heartened at the number of plays he was given. Again, the club is taking a really close look at him.
The kicker competition was a non-event because of the lack of offensive production.
I was really looking forward to seeing how Crosby and Tavecchio would do, but other than seeing some tweets they were both kicking wide in warm-ups, we got to see nothing in the game itself.
The kicking game can be critical and the Packers must either see dependability in one of these guys or someone else needs to be brought in.
It may not have been the most exciting preseason game to watch, but it was an extremely effective one from the viewpoint of the coaching staff, I suspect.
Mike McCarthy was a bit excitable after the game, suggesting to me he saw plenty to fix - and some opportunities to do just that.
One preseason game isn't the end of the world as we know it - it's the chance for a fresh beginning.